My 4 Favorite Movie Scenes (and Why)

What is your favorite movie? That’s always a tough question for me, because I tend to have favorite scenes rather than favorite movies. I love movie scenes.

My 5 Favorite Movie Scenes (and Why)

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Scenes are great because they often represent turning points in films. Like our lives, we remember turning points much more than the daily steps that got us there. Most of life is gaps.

Although I have many scenes I love, here are 4 of my favorite movie scenes (and why I like them so much).

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Even those who have renounced Christianity and attack it, in their inmost being still follow the Christian ideal, for hitherto neither their subtlety nor the ardor of their hearts has been able to create a higher ideal of man and of virtue than the ideal given by Christ.

Fyodor Dostoevsky
The Brothers Karamazov (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2014), 73.

Tell Me What Books Have Helped You Most

If you’re like me, you love to read good books. There’s the Bible, of course. But there are many other books God has used to help us. In fact, books have taught us some of life’s best lessons.

Tell Me What Books Have Helped You Most

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Take 60 seconds and click here to tell me what five (5) books have helped you most (other than the Bible).

  • You could include good books that have helped you personally, professionally, or spiritually.
  • Try to keep your list to five books or less.

In an upcoming post, I’ll summarize your lists (and include my own list of five good books) in order to form a “Must-Read” recommended reading list.

Okay, go!

Tell me what you think: What five good books have helped you most (other than the Bible)? To leave a comment, just click here.

15 Volunteer Opportunities in Israel for Christians

Most Christians who travel to Israel go to experience the land of the Bible—and they should. But there’s a unique way to experience Israel that 99% of visitors don’t get to do.

Volunteers at the excavations at Khirbet el-Maqatir, Israel.

(Picture: Volunteers at the excavations at Khirbet el-Maqatir, Israel.)

Not long ago the Israel Ministry of Tourism asked me to identify some volunteer activities that Christians would enjoy. These range from activities any tour could do in a couple of hours to volunteer opportunities that last for months, depending on one’s availability, ability, or interest.

Obviously, you don’t have to be a Christian to participate in these volunteer opportunities in Israel, but here are 15 I think you would enjoy.

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I can claim no right in myself, no right in this understanding, this will, these affections that are in me; neither have I any right to this body, or any of its members: No right to this tongue, these hands, nor feet: No right to these senses, these eyes, these ears, this smell, or taste. I have given myself clear away [to God] and have not retained any thing as my own.

Ash Wednesday—Applied Every Day

If you’re unfamiliar with it, Ash Wednesday seems an odd tradition. Ashes of burned crosses from the previous year’s Palm Sunday are rubbed on the forehead in the shape of a cross.

Ash Wednesday . . . Every Day

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So what’s the point of wearing ashes on Ash Wednesday? The cinder residue is reminiscent of the biblical act of repenting “in dust and ashes” (Job 42:6). (Speaking of ashes, the holiday also represents “National No Smoking Day” in Ireland.)

Many Christians have no connection with Ash Wednesday’s tradition.

But we all have need of what it represents. Every day.

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The Bible's Answers to 100 of Life's Biggest Questions

The Bible’s Answers to 100 of Life’s Biggest Questions (Baker Books, 2015)

Good questions deserve good answers—especially when the questions are honest.

Too often questions about the Bible intend only to put up a smokescreen in which the critic uses as an excuse to hide from his or her accountability to God.

Christians need to know the Bible’s answers to the skeptic’s questions. In fact, a good answer can blow away the smoke and leave the critic exposed to the reality that his or her sin leaves them accountable to God. But thankfully, the Bible also it shows how God’s love has made provision for that sin through Jesus Christ.

Norm Geisler and Jason Jimenez have written an excellent reference book, The Bible’s Answers to 100 of Life’s Biggest Questions, which answers questions that would leave most of us standing with our mouths in the shape of a question mark. We would expect an apologetics book to offer good answers to the typical questions, like: How can a good God allow evil? And what about the person who’s never heard of Jesus? And it does well at these.

But this new volume answers question that seem slipperier.